Coping with Routine Disruptions

School and program closures are now widespread as part of the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While these are critical steps to protect the health of Americans, the disruption in routine for children with autism or special needs can be incredibly hard, and cause increases in anxiety and challenging behaviors. It can be helpful to create a routine and a visual schedule for your family member to follow. This video and article created by Autism Speaks provides guidance on how to cope with disrupted family routines during COVID-19.


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About the database

YAI’s COVID-19 Database was created to help people find services and information during the coronavirus pandemic. The services listed are provided by organizations outside of YAI. Questions about specific resources may be directed to the contacts listed.

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